Gonzalo Berceo, Milagros de Nuestra Señora [Miracles of Our Lady]

Ryan D. Giles (Indiana University)
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Milagros de Nuestra Señora



) is the best-known literary work produced in thirteenth-century Spain. Writing in Old Castilian — the forbearer of modern Spanish — the author of the poem, Gonzalo de Berceo, is considered to be the first Spanish language author identified by name. Information about his life has been gathered from archival research and clues left in his works. He was born in the village of Berceo in the province of Rioja, became a deacon in 1221, and is thought to have later been ordained as a priest. The poet studied and served as a notary at the Benedictine monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla, not far from the

Camino de Santiago

pilgrimage route. In addition to his masterpiece, the


, Berceo’s attributed works include a number of other Marian,…

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Citation: Giles, Ryan D.. "Milagros de Nuestra Señora". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38808, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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